Where else to taste Irish oysters
Even if you don’t make it to a festival, farm or producer tour, there’s endless opportunity to sample these beauties island-wide. Look out for Millbay’s Speciale Oysters at Ulster’s annual Balmoral Show, while Patrice Bonnargent’s Killough Oysters can be bought at St George's Market in Belfast every Saturday morning or sampled at one of Belfast’s favourite shellfish eateries, Mourne Seafood Bar, as well as at their Dundrum outpost.
In Dublin, you can jostle for space and join in the banter alongside international visitors and local regulars alike at the oyster stall run by marine biologist Stephen Kavanagh at Temple Bar’s Saturday Food Market, or ease into a barstool at the Cliff Townhouse’s swish oyster bar to sample oysters from Kelly’s (County Galway), Flaggy Shore (County Clare), Harty’s (County Waterford) or Carlingford Lough (County Louth). At Klaw in Temple Bar, their range is just as exciting – not to mention the added drama of their signature blowtorched bivalves, or the wow-factor of their Bloody Caesar which come crowned with a freshly-shucked oyster.
Or simply hop onto the Taste the Atlantic seafood trail along the Wild Atlantic Way to find passionate local purveyors such as Aisling Kelly of the Sligo Oyster Experience, where a selection of oysters from three local farms await your delectation.
Just bring an appetite – and a sense of adventure. Both are sure to be sated.